It’s Christmas and I don’t feel Christmasy.
So it’s 11 days until Christmas and for some reason, I’m not feeling it. I normally LOVE Christmas. If it wasn’t for a husband who likes to set a budget – so unreasonable – I’d be one of those crazy ladies who had Christmas shit all over the house! Truly I would. But I have always had to keep my displays of Christmas low-key.
But this year is different. I’m just not in the Christmas spirit yet. Now I promise I’m not depressed. It is summer after all and the world ALWAYS looks better to me in summer. But life has been a little cray cray so I haven’t had time to purchase many (and until today, any) Christmas presents for the kids.
Yep. Until 30 minutes ago when I logged myself into Rebel Sport and bought 2 pairs of inline skates (just a reminder….I have 4 kids), I had not bought a thing. Nada. Zip.
And that’s when it hit me….Shopping for the kids Christmas presents is EXACTLY what puts me in the Christmasy mood. Shopping generally puts me in a good mood so it really shouldn’t have come as a surprise.
Now in my early parenting days I was that lady who has stuff on laybuy during the July sales. But I have discovered over the past few years, that the kids change their mind 20 times between July and December. So we shifted the Christmas purchases to a little later.
This month has been a little hectic so I fell behind. I know that’s not a terrible parenting fail. I’m sure I’ll get everything sorted before next Thursday. But in some ways for me it is…… It has highlighted just how much other busy-ness has taken over of late (those who know me will clearly realise I’m slow on the uptake because they would’ve seen it coming AGES ago).
So, it’s time to get my Christmas on. Start winding the workload down, be home more (not celebrating Christmas with all my business associates – sorry everyone) and smooch my babies more (the 7, 9, 12 and 15 year olds that they are).